Complementary Medicine

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Complementary medicine is a range of therapies that do not utilize scientific medicine, but can be used alongside with it, where as alternative medicine is used in place of scientific medicine. Complementary and alternative medicine can be used together and is known as CAM. CAM is, “a broad range of modalities outside the traditional Western medicine approach to care” (Ritter & Graham, 68). Some examples of CAM can include acupuncture, yoga, and herbal medicine. Within recent years there has been a rise in the use of CAM. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that 38% of U.S. adults and 12% of children use some form of CAM (Ritter & Graham, 70). The reason that CAM will continue to grow and be used in the U.S. is due to…show more content…
Another form of CAM that I have not done but am willing to try would be meditation. “Meditation refers to a group of mental techniques intended to provide relaxation and mental harmony, quiet ones’ mind, and increase awareness” (Ritter & Graham, 85). Although this exercise is found in origins of religious practice, I would not try it for religious purposes. The reason that I would try out this form of CAM is because it focuses physiological balance, meaning it would help during feelings of stress and anxiety, by helping clear my mind. Another form of CAM that I have not used, but know of people who have is acupuncture. Typically, this is used to alleviate pain with the use of needles. My best friend in high school was very athletic, and would use acupuncture to help alleviate any pain that was caused by sports. She also this form of CAM along with physical therapy. She strongly claims that both made her feel less tense and physically better overall. Due to her opinion on it, this is something that I would be open to trying. Overall I will continue to use CAM, but not by itself. I would use it alongside with conventional medicine. There are many different forms of CAM that can be used, however if I were to suffer from a chronic illness or disease I would consult a doctor before beginning to use CAM. I believe in the use of conventional medicine to help with diseases, but I also like that CAM focuses on curing the patients’ health and bring them back to balance
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